Proof, Jaguar F-Type: the immortal charm of the V8 engine

The tradition of the mighty and noisy petrol engines it seems destined for a slow but inexorable decline. Performance and sportsmanship in the future may not “playMore, giving way to the silent speed of electric cars. The V8 architecture is the guardian of one of the most historic and fascinating legacies, which can be found in the current range Jaguar F-type. The British two-seater coupe is a contemporary product that does not betray the heritage of the brand, one of the best known in the automotive world.

Available in both version 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 300 hp, both in the aforementioned set-up with engine 5.0 liter V8, with power between 450 Cv ei 575 Cv. The subject of the test was the “less” extreme version of the eight-cylinder, with all-wheel drive. The color chosen for the bodywork is very fascinating: a seductive sweet red that gives an image of sportiness and elegance. The price for the Jaguar F-type with 450 hp and all-wheel drive is just over 101 thousand euros.

And it is precisely its appearance that is the first convincing element: it manages to successfully combine aggressive and muscular details, with others much more soft and delicate. The result is an excellent compromise between display of power and refined style refinement. The front area has been modified compared to the previous generation, with the shape of the optical groups thinner and elongated, almost sharp. Looking at it from the side, you can see the considerable length of the bonnet, almost in contrast to the tail, much shorter and more compact. The rear area is however not very up to date, with the headlights gaining a few more squared lines.

The shape of the roof is sinuous and sloping, like a real coupé. The interior has not been altered either, maintaining a setting very similar to the previous generation of Jaguar F-type. Ergonomic and rational, but unsophisticated and refined, one does not have the impression of sitting in the typical English luxury setting. The choice was to privilege the driving experience, while still offering a technological configuration that was in step with the times. Thus, a new full digital 12.3 ″ screen dashboard with customizable graphics was introduced, and an upgraded in-vehicle entertainment system with compatibility. Apple Car Play e Android Auto standard.

The screen is touch and responds quite accurately to commands, even if it does not shine for fluidity and speed of reaction. Good the graphical interfacea and offering content. However, visibility is partially limited on sunny days: the light reflected on the screen creates shadow areas and makes it practically impossible to read some information. Overall, the upholstery is all of good quality and the sports seats quite comfortable, do not ask the occupants big sacrifices even in the case of long transfers.

Rather improvise the sun visors: really small in size to the point of covering a very small portion of the windscreen. In fact, they don’t help protect vision. Better to travel with sunglasses. The boot capacity for a sports car with these characteristics is very good and almost reaches i 300 liters. More than enough to accommodate a couple of cabin bags for a weekend out of town.

The dynamic part of the Jaguar F-Type is certainly successful: the set-up is balanced, the steering has been improved and is now more precise, the suspension calibration is grand touring without sacrificing performance if required. The structure is solid and very well tested. The real protagonist is the engine: 5.0-liter 450hp V8. When turned on, its vocal identity is immediately perceived: a dark and severe timbre, deep and raw. You press the gas pedal, the number of revolutions rises and with it the sound that becomes more and more engaging and captivating.

This is a component that has not been neglected by Jaguar, on the contrary, one is entranced by the incisiveness of the roar, which in release and shifting lets go even a few crackles. At the level of delivery, the V8 it is very bright and fluid, full-bodied and precise. Vibrations are completely absent and at cruising speed you are not disturbed by the metallic sound. The soundproofing is quite good and the aerodynamic hisses do not filter inside the cabin, which is separated from other external interference.

Despite displacement and horsepower, the powertrain is not particularly brutal: under acceleration from a standstill, one is not surprised and even at the level of pure performance, it is not a lap time car. Jaguar’s proposal is perhaps in this sense more oriented towards an exploitable car capable of satisfying the needs of a vast clientele, even those who often use it to travel hundreds of kilometers on the motorway. In this context, the Jaguar F-Type proved to be at ease: comfortable, versatile, dynamic, relaxed in the city and in fast-flowing sections and with the engine always ready to overtake in total safety.

Pure performance is not its purpose. Effective the four-wheel drive: even in conditions of poor grip, it has always shown excellent stability and the distribution of torque between the two axles allows you to regain control in the event of understeer and oversteer. Pleasant behavior of the automatic gearbox with eight-speed torque converter, precise and quick in accompanied driving, not as effective when looking for performance: it has a shifting logic that is not exactly like a sports car. Not a defect, but a confirmation of Jaguar’s desire to offer an elegant, comfortable, versatile and engaging car to drive, but in any case more suitable for touring rather than track use.

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